Saturday, February 20, 2010

On February 20

On this day in ...
... 1980 (30 years ago today), The New York Times reported that "the White House reaffirmed today what officials termed a 'final and irrevocable' decision for the United States to boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow" (logo at right) slated for the summer of the same year.
The move -- spurred by President Jimmy Carter's opposition to the presence of Soviet troops in Afghanistan -- is worth recalling even as, now, we watch the ongoing Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada (logo at left).

(Prior February 20 posts are here, here, and here)

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